The next venture into the world of Marvel comicbook characters will come this October as Sony Studios expands it’s roster with Venom. The Spider-Man villain/anti-hero story will come over 10 years after the symbiote first debuted in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, but this time around, the focus will be on Venom with a new cast, new story, and new levels of awesome ugliness for viewers to see. The anti-hero will be in the spotlight for the first time, which is already a huge deal for fans, especially since the comicbook stories have been around since 1984.
Sony is actually making a calculated effort to delve into their roster of Marvel characters, namely Spider-Man spinoffs, and that starts with the release of Venom. This year, there has also been an announcement of a movie adaptation of Spider-Man ally Silk in development as well as a Morbius, the Living Vampire movie being created with Jared Leto as the star.
Whether or not all these movies will be interconnected remains to be seen, but it would give the MCU an interesting sister-universe of Marvel characters. There have also been talks of a possible cameo of Spider-Man in Venom thus connecting the MCU to Sony’s Marvel universe, but that is a whole route that will remain unknown until Venom’s release in October.
We are still a few months out from the release but Tom Hardy (who is playing Eddie Brock/Venom) has already revealed that this film will in fact be, in fact,rt of a long term Marvel universe of it’s own, at least within the Venom story line.
When speaking with Total Film Magazine, Hardy explained that he has signed on for three Venom movies total, although there is no clear direction for the trilogy just yet. Hardy said:
“I’m open to whatever you want to do with it. We’ve signed up for three of them. So it’s very much an open case. We’ll see what people’s responses are to it. I think it’s an awesome character. I love playing both of them. It’s an amuse-bouche, and for Sony, it’s the Venom-verse launched in isolation, as it were.”
Although this news is, well, news, it is not unsurprising. Tom Hardy went on to say that Venom and it’s eventual sequels will cast a broad net in terms of story lines used, saying:
“We all prepped for it to be a standalone universe. So whatever Sony want to attach to it at a later date, it’s a fulcrum piece. But let’s see what happens when it lands.”
The upcoming film will look to adapt the Lethal Protector comicbook story arc, which includes the “children of Venom,” but it has thus far left out another very important character in the Venom saga, Carnage. With the confirmation of multiple films, the inclusion of Carnage and more characters in the Venom-verse is not out of the question.